Fairy Chimneys at Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Itinerary
  • Highlights
  • Dates & Prices

The Itinerary

Day 1 Sun: Ankara to Cappadocia |
Pick up from Ankara Airport or bus station or local city centre hotel for start of the 05-day escorted coach tour. Begin with visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display. Also visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Then continue on to Cappadocia. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake arrival in Cappadocia and visit Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith before checking into the hotel. Overnight stay. (LD)

Day 2 Mon: Cappadocia |
Early morning optional extra hot air balloon ride over the Cappadocian valleys. After breakfast begin to explore the area visiting Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. Thereafter visit Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. Erive to Avanos which is known for pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river, the longest river of Turkey. After a break for lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on their walls. Time to take photos in the neighboring valleys before going back to the hotel for overnight stay. (BLD)

Day 3 Tue: Konya |
Today’s ride is fairly long due to the distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale. Drive to Konya to visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure. Then continue on to Pamukkale and overnight stay. (BLD)

Day 4 Wed: Pamukkale & Aphrodisias |
Today tour the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery "Necropolis", the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. In the afternoon tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite; visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop's Palace. Proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi for overnight. (BLD)

Day 5 Thu: Ephesus & Virgin Mary |
Explore the Ephesus area with Artemis Temple, Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins; Virgin Mary’s House, where St. Mary is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John. End of the tour with transfer to Izmir Airport OR if you wish add additional nights in the area of head on to Greece (see our Greek travel packages for more details and options. (BL)

Highlights

Hotel accomodation including breakfasts & dinners as noted in the itinerary
All noted sightseeing with English speaking tour guide
Main entrance fees to the noted sights
Lunches on all touring days (drinks not included)
Local taxes and handing fees
VALUE CATEGORY HOTELS:
Cappadocia: Dinler Hotel Urgup (HB) or similar
Pamukkale: Lycus River Hotel (HB) or similar
Kusadasi: Carina Hotel (HB) or similar
SUPERIOR CATEGORY HOTELS:
Cappadocia: Kayakapi Premium Caves (BB), Gamirasu Hotel (BB) or similar
Pamukkale: Colossae Hotel (HB), Lycus River (HB), Pam Thermal Hotel (HB)
Kusadasi: Efe Boutique Hotel (HB), Korumar Hotel (HB / Land view only)

Dates & Prices - 2014 Season

When completing booking/enquiry form please note which date/category you would prefer

Tour Start Dates Value - PP in double Superior - PP in double Book
January - 05/12/19/26 550US$ 780US$ Book now
February - 02/09/16/23 550US$ 780US$ Book now
March - 02/09/16/23/30 550US$ 780US$ Book now
April - 06/13/20/27 550US$ 780US$ Book now
May - 04/11/18/25 550US$ 780US$ Book now
June - 01/08/15/22/29 550US$ 780US$ Book now
July - 06/13/20/27 550US$ 780US$ Book now
August - 03/10/17/24/31 550US$ 780US$ Book now
September - 07/14/21/28 550US$ 780US$ Book now
October - 05/12/19/26 550US$ 780US$ Book now
Nov - 02/09/16/23/30 550US$ 780US$ Book now
December - 07/14/21/28 550US$ 780US$ Book now